|Morning Concert: An Interview with Caroline Gautier|
From a program recorded on July 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of the French actor and singer, Caroline Gautier. She talks about her investigation of early examples of spoken ballads or musical declamations. To highlight her comments Amirkhanian presents three seldom performed works, composed by Robert Schumann, and performed by Gautier and pianist Michaël Lévinas. Gautier provides the story behind each piece as well as describing how her acting talent is incorporated into t...
Keywords: Morning Concert Series; Music; Interview; Classical Music
|Morning Concert: Interview with Arturo Salinas|
In an interview, recorded on June 22, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the Mexican composer Arturo Salinas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electro-acoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. Included in this program is a complete performance of his “Memoire Imarcescible”, an electro-acoustic tap...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; Microtonal Music
|Morning Concert: Tribute to Betty Freeman|
In honor of her 70th birthday, Betty Freeman appears on KPFA's Morning Concert, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. Freeman shares anecdotes from her long career, first as a budding pianist and then as a supporter of contemporary composers such as Harry Partch, John Cage, and La Monte Young. Freeman also describes her work as a photographer of composers, and gives her opinions about listening to and loving new music...
Keywords: interviews; KPFA Morning Concert series; Betty Freeman; New Music
|Morning Concert: Discussions with Paul Dresher, Gerald Oshita, and J.D. Parren|
From a recording made in May of 1991, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher about his theatrical production, “Pioneer”, which "celebrates and exposes American explorers and the myths of the pioneering spirit." Several songs from the production are also heard. The two also discuss the difficulties in portraying offensive attitudes such as racial bigotry and the history of American colonialism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Music Theatre
|Morning Concert: Criticism of San Francisco Chronicle Music Critics|
Charles Amirkhanian discusses the politics of new music in the Bay Area, with reference to the unsympathetic criticism, leveled at avant-garde artists such as John Cage and Merce Cunningham, by music critics at the New York Time and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Amirkhanian argues that while Bay Area audiences clearly support the radical styles of the avant-garde, the local papers of note only employ music critics that favor the contemporary classical music of more academically oriented...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Lecture; Panel Discussion; New Music
|Morning Concert: A Visit with Philip Corner|
In this program, recorded in May of 1979, New York composer Philip Corner is the guest of Charles Amirkhanian. He discusses his music in preparation for his appearance at the Exploratorium in San Francisco as part of the Speaking of Music series of lecture/performances. As a member of the faculty of Livingston College (Rutgers University), Corner continued his provocative, improvisation-oriented, music making based on highly original, open-ended, beautifully handwritten, performance notations wh...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Percussion music; Improvisation
|Morning Concert: John Cage Memorial Program Upon His 80th Birthday|
From September 4, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a retrospective on the life of composer John Cage, whose work has had a great influence on artistic thought in the 20th Century, and who had just passed away a few weeks before what would have been his 80th birthday on September 5th 1992. Richard Friedman, and composer, author, and critic Charles Shere join in the commentary, and archival recordings of Cage’s voice complete the festivities...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Documentary; New Music; John Cage
|Morning Concert: Chapel Court and Countryside - The Bach-Beethoven Connection|
Music of J.S. Bach and his sons, C.P.E, Bach and the “English” John Christian Bach, and their influence on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, all in performances which attempt to approximate the sounds that audiences of the period might have experienced. Some listeners will prefer these performances, others will not; yet they all will offer insights into how the majesty of Bach led to the magic of Mozart...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Music; Classical Music
|Morning Concert: Interview with Lawrence Weschler|
From a recording made in July of 1988, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Lawrence Weschler, essayist for the New Yorker Magazine and grandson of composer Ernst Toch. They discusses his book “Shapinsky's Karma, Boggs's Bill, and Other True-Life Tales ”, which profiles six people who unexpectedly changed the direction of their lives. These include the story of James Boggs who blurred the lines between art and commerce by painting exquisite copies of $100 bills and then insisted on spending them, ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview; Modern Art; Lawrence Weschler
|Morning Concert: An Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley, about an LP ”Sounds from silence; Recent discoveries in ancient Near Eastern music” which documents a previously unknown musical composition dating from around 1400 BC. This ancient fertility hymn from Ugarit caused an international sensation when modern research made available for the first time, the knowledge necessary for the translation of ancient clay tablets which...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Ancient Music
|Morning Concert: Prospero's Pens|
Fountain pens were the early 20th Century equivalent of the laptop computer. Allowing individuals the ability to write without being tied to a desk and inkwell, this unique American invention came to symbolize literacy for the man or woman who owned and carried one. Recently, as computer technology has threatened to wipe out the individual personality of the handwritten word, hoards of collectors have rediscovered the joy of writing with new and vintage instruments which can vary the width of th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Other Finds; Fountain Pens
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|Morning Concert: Emily Dickinson, Maria Callas, and Jennie Tourel|
Host Sarah Cahill presents a diverse number of musical settings of poems by the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. Juxtaposed settings by Aaron Copland, John Adams, George Perle and Ernst Bacon reveal each composer’s unique approach to handling Dickinson’s enigmatic work. While Adams’s well-known “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” is featured in its entirety, seldom-heard work by Perle and Bacon offers a different take not only on the text, but on the author’s status as hermit-po...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Art Songs
|Morning Concert: Alexander Kan: Mr. New Music USSR|
When the ROVA Saxophone Quartet toured the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, it was the enterprising and irrepressible Alexander Kan who invited the group and organized the visit against improbable odds. In 1988 KPFA turned the tables and invited Mr. Kan to its studio for a discussion. He was the leading Soviet producer of new music, avant-garde jazz, and experimental rock. The founder of the Leningrad Contemporary Music Club, which throughout the late 1970s until it was banned in the 1980s, served...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Orchestral Music; Jazz
|Criss x Cross by Jon Gibson|
Jon Gibson performs three movements from his five movement, 1979, composition, “Criss x Cross,” after which he discusses the piece with program host, Charles Amirkhanian. This somewhat aleatoric work apparently follows a score in which the notes are indicated without any rhythmic instructions, and much of the phrasing and duration of the notes is improvised. The work is influenced by Gibson’s interest in bagpipe music and the pibrochs of the Scottish Highlands, although one can also see pa...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; New Music; Saxophone music
|Morning Concert: Composer Paul Dessau|
Known as the musician who, starting in 1944, composed scores for some of the plays and operas by Bertolt Brecht, including “Mother Courage” and “A Man Is A Man”, Paul Dessau was one of the most important political composers of the 20th century. In this program, recorded on May 7, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the East German musicologist Fritz Hennenberg, who was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area from his home in Leipzig...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music; Paul Dessau
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Janice Giteck|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her career and an upcoming concert with the SF Symphony. Ms. Giteck began her career as a Bay Area composer and teacher at UC Berkeley, and later became a member of the faculty at the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, WA., She was back in the Bay Area for the world premiere of her orchestral work Tree, which was to be played by members of the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart on the New and Unusual Music series...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Chamber Music; Janice Giteck
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Doris Hays|
From a program recorded on May 12, 1983, Charles Amirkhanian interviews pianist, educator, and composer Doris Hays, as well as playing a selection of her music. Doris, who later adopted the name of Sorrel in 1985, was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941 and from an early age showed an interest in music. She was performing regularly for her church by the age of 12, and was an accompanist and soloist for the Chattanooga Boys Choir at 15...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Dorris Hays; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Morning Concert: Interview with Fred Ho|
From a program recorded on January 25, 1990, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the Chinese American composer, baritone saxophonist, and political activist, Fred Ho about a scheduled performance of his ballet “A Song for Manong”. A Harvard educated sociologist turned composer, Fred Ho’s music has been heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane and Charlie Mingus as well as the politics of the Black Panther Party and the plight of American immigrants...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Jazz; Fred Ho
|Morning Concert: Gavin Bryars|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews British composer Gavin Bryars and plays a selection of his music during a pledge marathon week at KPFA. Bryars, born in Yorkshire in 1943, is one of a group of British experimental composers interested in minimal yet consonant music. He has composed for the theater and dance, as well as for the concert hall, and has written three full-length operas. In this program you will hear three excerpts of his work, including his “Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet” with i...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Gavin Bryars
|Morning Concert: The Music and Philosophy of Charles Wuorinen|
From a program broadcast on January 11, 1985, Charles Amirkhanian introduces the music of New York composer Charles Wuorinen, whose “Rhapsody in Black” was scheduled to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony later that week. An advocate of well rehearsed performances of complex modern scores, Wuorinen has argued that audience acceptance of new works is greatly hindered by performances lacking in rehearsal preparation, in turn due to the limited financial resources alloted to such conside...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; New Music
|Morning Concert: Benjamin Lees|
Charles Amirkhanian talks to composer Benjamin Lees about his memories of living in Paris including playing chess with Marcel Duchamp and meeting other famous artists. We then hear the premier performance of Lees’ Concerto for brass choir and orchestra.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music; Benjamin Lees
|Morning Concert: The Music of Lou Harrison: A Celebration|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Lou Harrison about his recent work. Harrison had just completed a semester of teaching at Mills College, as holder of the Milhaud Chair in composition. Most of this program is devoted to Harrison's work with gamelan music, and a number of selections from his album released by CRI, are heard. Also participating in this program is Harrison’s partner William Colvig...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Lou Harrison
|Morning Concert: Kermit Lynch: Adventures on the Wine Route|
Take a journey through the vineyards of France to the honky-tonks of America. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Kermit Lynch, Berkeley California based, wine importer extraordinaire, on the subject of French wines and the adventures in finding them. Mr. Lynch has documented his experiences in the book, “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Winebuyer’s Tour of France”. This book, which reads like a prose fantasy in parts, is a most engaging compilation of stories on the subject, and it has received...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Kermit Lynch
|Morning Concert: Composer Karel Husa|
Born in Prague in 1921, composer Karel Husa won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969, for his third String Quartet. On February 7, 1975 he was in Berkeley to attend a conference of college band directors and stopped by the KPFA studio to talk with KPFA Music Director Charles Amirkhanian and Charles Shere, music critic with the Oakland Tribune. The three of them discuss the phenomena of university bands and how they are a breeding ground for young and enthusiastic wind players, who should ideally...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Karel Husa
|Morning Concert: Music of Janice Giteck|
Recorded in 1978, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her recent European tour with the Port Costa Players in which they performed two of her works of ritual and musical theater, “Thunder like a White Bear Dancing” and “Callin’ Home Coyote”. Giteck discusses the influence that contributed to her work and the way in which they were received in different parts of Europe...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; New Music; Janice Giteck
|Morning Concert: John Adams 40th Birthday Celebration|
This three hour special "Marathon Mornings" program features Charles Amirkhanian interviewing John Adams on the occasion of his fortieth birthday. Along with an in-depth interview about his compositions, collaborators, and working as composer in residence with the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, Charles and Mr. Adams do some wonderful KPFA subscription plugs. The program features several shorter works, and full presentations of Mr...
Keywords: Interview and Music; KPFA; Morning Concert series; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music; John Adams
|Morning Concert: The Music of Vincent Plush|
From a program recorded in 1983, Charles Amirkhanian is joined in the KPFA studios by the Australian composer Vincent Plush, who was in the United States for an extended fellowship at Yale University. Amirkhanian questions Plush about his personal history and musical influences, as well as the current state of contemporary classical music in Australia. Plush describes a growing trend among younger Australian composers, who, inspired by the likes of Percy Grainger and Peter Sculthorpe, were seeki...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical; Vincent Plush
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Mari Kimura|
The brilliant young violinist and composer from Japan is interviewed about her career and her recent composition “U (The Cormorant)” for violin and tape. She also describes some of the challenges of performing music that blends electronics with a traditional instrument.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic Music; Mari Kimura
|Morning Concert: Tamas Ungvary|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Hungarian born composer Tamas Ungvary about his work with electronic music. Ungvary who’s early musical experience was as a double bassist and conductor, first became aware of the possibilities of using computers to generate music when he heard about the electronic music studio at Stanford University from another Hungarian composer. In 1970 he moved to Sweden where he eventually became director of the Electro-acoustic Music Foundation in Sweden...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; computer music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
|Morning Concert: A Report from New Music America 1990 and Music by Peter Garland and John Luther Adams|
Charles Amirkhanian plays a number of works by Canadian composers, many of whom were to be highlighted during the New Music America Festival to be held in Montreal, Canada in 1990. To get more information about this event Charles interviews composer and Festival director, Jean Piché over the phone. In the second half of the program Charles talks to Peter Garland and John Luther Adams who have both incorporated their interest in Native American cultures into their music, of which we hear a selec...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music
|Morning Concert: William Winant|
Percussionist William Winant was born in Los Angeles to a family of accomplished actors and musicians. He studied at Los Angeles City College and Cal Arts before doing advanced studies at York University in Toronto in 1979. He returned to the West Coast to study with composer Lou Harrison at Mills College in Oakland and has performed with the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Charles Amirkhanian interviews with this talkative and gifted Bay Area instrumentalist...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; William Winant
|Morning Concert: The Music of Peter Sculthorpe|
Peter Sculthorpe (born April 19, 1929, in Launceton, Tasmania) is one of the most renowned composers living in Australia. His informed incorporation of Asian musical elements in his own output makes for a subtle and remarkable blend of styles and sonorities, sensitively accomplished. In San Francisco, his music has been championed by the Kronos Quartet, and on a visit to the Bay Area in 1983, in order to witness the premiere of a piece composed for that ensemble, Sculthorpe talked with Charles A...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical Music; Peter Sculthorpe
|Morning Concert: Jack Briece: On Finnish Music|
From a recording made on February 4, 1988, Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer, performer, and video artist, Jack Briece about contemporary Finnish music. Works heard include compositions by Harri Wessman, Jarmo Sermilä, Paavo Heininen, Lepo Sumera, Usko Meriläinen, and other talented Finnish composers who’s works remain relatively unknown in the United States. Having become interested in the music of Finland he traveled to the country in 1985 and then again in 1987, after which he wrote...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music; Jack Briece
|Morning Concert: Collected Audiophonies|
A program of avant-garde sound poetry and music by Charles Amirkhanian and Anthony Gnazzo, featuring a collection of their recent and past compositions. Interspersed among the formal pieces are bits of sound collage and Gnazzo's commentary on his career retrospective slide show. Also this morning Tony Gnazzo, who had recently announced his retirement from composing avant-garde music, and who has not been seen at a concert of new music for over fourteen months, presents his seminar on retirement ...
Keywords: KPFA; Morning Concert series; Sound Poetry; Interview and Music; Anthony Gnazzo
|Morning Concert: Charles Amirkhanian's Last Morning Concert as KPFA Music Director|
The last Morning Concert with Charles Amirkhanian at the helm kicks off with an interview with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet. This interview was recorded just prior to a concert by the Quartet at the Theater Artaud that was to feature new compositions by Mr. Bungle and Thomas Mapfumo written for the Kronos Quartet. The various roles individual players have within the Quartet is described. The second half of the program is dedicated to taking phone calls from listeners reminiscing with C...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde; Charles Amirkhanian
|Morning Concert: John Adams|
Composer John Adams, who was working on his opera, Nixon in China, talks with Charles Amirkhanian on the state of contemporary music. Interspersed in this free-ranging conversation are examples of music brought by both Adams and Amirkhanian to illustrate the topics discussed. Adams' composition, Harmonielehre, commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, had just been released...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; New Music; Minimalism; John Adams
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Leo Smit|
After listening to “In Woods for oboe, harp, and percussion” by American composer and pianist Leo Smit, Charles Amirkhanian then interviews the composer about his career and his relationship with other composers of the first half of the 20th century.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Leo Smit
|Morning Concert: The Music of Charles Boone|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Bay Area composer Charles Boone about his early musical career, starting as a member of a high school band, then as a student at USC. He also studied with Ernst Krenek and Adolph Weiss in Los Angeles. Here he introduces a number of his pieces, including “Raspberries” for percussion ensemble.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: The Musical Expression of the Gay Experience|
In commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion and of Gay Pride Week, Wood Massi presents music, writings, and interviews about the gay experience. The program focuses on 20th century vocal music and includes works by Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and others.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Art Songs; Wood Massi
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Robert Hughes|
Recorded on December 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian interviews musician, composer, and conductor Robert Hughes. Topics discussed include working with Laurie Anderson on the world premiere of her work "Born, Never Asked". Fans of Anderson's later popular albums will recognize many of the musical themes running through this piece. The recording of the piece, made on May 17, 1980, features Anderson performing with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, an award winning group which was led by Hughes f...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Performance Art; Robert Hughes
|Morning Concert: Interview with Mordecai Bauman, 1980 - Mordecai Bauman|
Modern music rarely has enjoyed a specialist with such a voice. Mordecai Bauman was an American originala politically motivated artist who was at the far left wing of progressive politics in the 1930s. The quality and beauty of this talented baritone's singing rivaled both Enrico Caruso AND Paul Robeson. Here he speaks about his distinguished career which included the first recordings of songs by Charles Ives and his acquaintanceship with such left-wing composers as Elie Siegmeister, Marc Blitzs...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Art Songs
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|Morning Concert: The Music of Tim Souster|
English composer, Tim Souster, visited the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978 in order to produce a new composition at Stanford University’s internationally renowned computer music center, and during his stay happily agreed to be interviewed on KPFA. Charles Amirkhanian introduces Souster and his music during the course of a lively program, recorded at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Center on October 3, 1978...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Tim Souster
|Morning Concert: An interview with John Adams|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer John Adams in February 1990 about his music, including his two orchestral works, “The Wound-Dresser” and “Fearful Symmetries”. The composer of the opera “Nixon in China” also delivers a progress report on his next opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”, as well as discussing his affinity for working with small orchestras, and other sundry topics. Born in Worcester, Mass on February 15, 1947, Adams celebrated his 43rd birthday the week of this re...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Opera; John Adams
|Morning Concert: An Interview with William Ward|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews William Ward on the subject of one of his oratorios, Fray Junípero Serra, a Franciscan priest who founded many of the Catholic Missions in California. Amirkhanian also questions Ward on his own experiences as a student and teacher of music in the United States. Dr. William R. Ward holds a Ph.D. degree from the Eastman School of Music, and for many years served as chairman of the Music Department of San Francisco State University and later as the Associate Dean of ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: Conlon Nancarrow’s 80th Birthday|
Composer Conlon Nancarrow was born on October 27, 1912 in Texaskana, Arkansas and has lived in Mexico City since 1940. Richard Friedman speaks with him by telephone about his career, and introduces recent recordings of Nancarrow’s player piano music as well as works for live performers. Friedman also talks to Gordon Mumma who describes the early career of Nancarrow during which his music was largely unappreciated until Henry Cowell and John Cage took an interest in the composer’s studies for...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; New Music; Conlon Nancarrow
|Morning Concert: The Music of Julia Wolfe and Ivan Wyschnegradsky|
Recorded on February 28, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Julia Wolfe, and plays a selection of her works. Wolfe discuses the origins of several of the rather unusual titles for her compositions. We then hear “The Vermeer Room” which is scored for 16 instruments as well as her string quartet “Four Marys.” This later work, we learn, was inspired by a Scottish folk tune yet fails to quote any of the original work or even reference Scottish folk music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Microtonal music; Chamber music; New Music
|Morning Concert: Ivan Wyschnegradsky: A Memorial Tribute|
On September 29, 1979, Ivan Wyschnegradsky died in Paris at the age of 86. Only in the last two years of his life did he become widely recognized in Europe for his contributions to the repertoire. Since the early 1920s he had composed in various microtonal systems in an attempt to expand the possibilities of musical expression. Presented in this program is the first American broadcast of Wyschnegradsky’s early (1916-17) mystical work “La Journee de l’Existence”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Orchestral Classical; Microtonal music; Ivan Wyschnegradsky
|Morning Concert: Jin Hi Kim|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and improviser Jin Hi Kim (Jin Hi= Dragon Princess; Kim=Gold) who was born in Korea and has lived in San Francisco since 1980. Ms. Kim is the first performer on the ancient komungo to play experimental and improvised music. This silk stringed wooden zither, with 6 strings, 3 moveable bridges and 16 frets is plucked in a variety ways which produce startling and vigorous sounds...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Jin Hi Kim; Interview and Music; World Music; Free Improvisation; komungo
|Morning Concert: The Music of Willem Pijper|
Han Reiziger of the Dutch radio station, VPRO, guest host’s on KPFA’s Morning Concert, for a program dedicated to the music of one of the Netherland’s internationally best known 20th century composers, Willem Pijper. Although he briefly studied composition with Johan Wagenaar, Pijper was largely self-taught as a composer. And despite suffering from poor heath for much of his life, he managed to create a large body of work that is still widely performed today...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
|Morning Concert: Carolie Shoemaker|
Carolie Shoemaker, composer, vocalist, and performance artist, hails from Seattle, where she has made a significant reputation as an innovative personality on the new music scene. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting musician, who introduces selections from her work, including Yo(u) Tarzan, Stitch in Time, and other pieces. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Jazz; Carolie Shumaker